Paul describes the action of God's word. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges thoughts ..
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom" (Matt. 20:20-21).
Power Move inside Jesus' Circle
The mother of James and John asked Jesus in the presence of the other disciples that her sons be placed next in hierarchy to Jesus in Kingdom come. It was a bold power move to ask Jesus to promote her children in the presence of the other disciples. Although her motives are unknown, she caused an indignation to arise from the other disciples that may have perceived a family coup by them to ascend to the side of Christ.
This place was reserved for the church then a mystery.
This act of vanity also put Jesus in an awkward position confronted when faced with making a decision that would make His position stronger or weaken His esteem in the mind of his followers.
Jesus responded, "Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with : but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father" (Matthew 20:23).
Recruited by God
Throughout our lifetime, God is always looking for leaders to lead His people through times of change. A complete cipher of peace perpetually followed by understanding and abundance follows the man of God and truth. The truth is always expedient, but the ways of a man are before the Lord. The momentum that man displays truth should be proportionate to the way that God reveals himself to man. Beholding Christ inspires a man of God to become more godly. Many people exclaim, timing is everything, as the times come and go, frequently changing our history. Men of God are needed to lead people through times of change. (11/16/11)
IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE There are Many Offices
When we walk into a church down the aisle we are walking upon the foundation that another man has laid. However, when in the house of God, it is for you to be faithful to the present authority. Eventually in service you will be given a room or place to perform your ministry. For your gift will make room for you (Proverbs 18:16) and bring you into an office. This office is your ministry. Those with offices or ministries before they enter the house, after becoming a member, must perfect their office by performing to compliment the leader that now service is rendered. Ministries under the guidance of the Holy Spirit shall have one common goal in the Church founded by Jesus Christ. It is imperative to be faithful and love righteousness when under another. Every Leader in Christ has come from the office of another whose foundation was laid by Christ. God will officiate the ordination of your office in due time as others begin to reap fruit that is a result of your faithfulness to where you serve now (9/27/11).
The Importance of Speech
Believing and confessing is an integral part of Christianity. Christianity is a lively faith where people serve a living Savior through the power of the living God. Speech is a direct indicator of internal activity. The world was formed by the words of God but our speech continues to shape our world.
Our faith is comprised of three components: an internal expression (believing) and the external activities of expression (confession) and doing (action). However, my purpose is to focus on the significance of our speech. Speaking is the outward manifestation of the abundant robust internal activity wrought by our experiences. By our words we bless (eulogize) and by our words we curse (demean).
An idle word spoken from another that was meant to curse may linger but it will not stand. The blessing that belong to people can’t be altered unless the internal expression of that belief is compromised. Tenacity affords a person to be likened to a tree planted by rivers of water, they shall not be moved.
The word eulogy according to Merriam Webster is derived from the Greek: eulogia meaning praise or to speak well of, but to pronounce a good thing unto a person while they are living is simply to bless that person. Conversely, to pronounce evil tidings toward another is to curse a person. It could go either way! The speech that one partakes in could carry curses or blessings. A casual word spoken can either bless or curse a person. The Word of the Lord exhorts us not to partake in evil communications. Cursing corrupts good manners. This is applicable to anyone, anywhere at any time. Kindly words have a way of bringing a favorable disposition from the hearer towards the one who speaks good things. A gratifying word spoken in season is a gift from God. A word of knowledge spoken can make an indelible impression upon a person. Our Holy God inhabits the praise of His people. He rules, reigns and conquers from the point of our praise, angels descend; bringing blessings that God bestows upon the righteous.
The Gospel message in a nutshell is that God came to destroy the works of Satan through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to redeem man back to Himself from darkness. Preachers are called by God to share this message of Christ to a world given to Satan, whose essential nature is that of darkness. There are five primary modes of preachers: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors and Teachers as listed in Ephesians 4:11 “And how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Rom. 10:15). God tasks preachers to make disciples in the direction of their own homes first, then the neighborhood, next expanding to the surrounding area and then the county, province or state, then country and onto the uttermost parts of the world, to places where the name of Christ was never heard, nor believed in before. Preachers are sent by God to share the message of Christ, edify churches and spread the Gospel of Christ throughout the world and be as light-posts in a world that is seeming dominated by Satan.
Called to Worship
Holy be ye
All preachers were sinners that are chosen to spread the Gospel. They were “called out” from the world. The word church is translated from the Greek word ekklesia (ek-klay-see-ah) a calling out. "For many are invited, but few are chosen." (Matt. 22:14 HSC) The response of those who are called to preach either drives one to walk in holiness or away from holiness. Holiness is the essential nature of God. As one walks in holiness, clarity of purpose is magnified and the reality of life becomes apparent, that all things had their origin in God. Once, one passes the veil of darkness, and begins to walk in the light, holiness becomes a way of life.
IGNORING THE CALL TO PREACH
When you’re called to preach and ignore God’s call you abuse your purpose in life. Your true orientation towards God is averted and confusion mangles clear thinking. When God is leading you to preach and you waiver: God says, “Get ready to answer Me like a man; When I question you, you will inform Me. Would you really challenge My justice? Would you declare Me guilty to justify yourself? But as for you, keep a clear head about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (Job 40:7-8, 2 Tim. 4:5 Holman Christian Standard)
A harsh level of discomfort continues for the back-slider and those who have been declared righteous then re-enter a life of sin or deny God’s sovereignty. Remnants of goodness are flashed and shows in speech and actions. You’re made uncomfortable when these flashes are observed by others, as you seek to find comfort in disobedience. It becomes frustrating to look through a retro-darkened parallax into worldly conditions. When efforts to drown-out reality persist, worse misery is experienced and a deeper darkness is settled into, until finally you celebrate evil as good. As the closest thing you could recognize as Satan in physical form grips your soul and squeezes any humanity from your being. You even become baffled at the sound of your own voice until you wither spirituality and are left to die a physical death, alone, bitter and confused, all because you ignored your call to preach.
The Ancient Priesthood
It was this Priesthood that offered sacrifices which restored Israel from the wages of sin. It was with great skill that the Levites handled the affairs of God. By their ministration, the Levites became skilled butchers. It was these men who were skillful with the blade (I Sam. 15:33). Just one generation removed from the time when the people requested a king; King Solomon requested that, “ twenty-two thousand cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats” (I Kings 8:63) be sacrificed. Imagine how laborious a task for the priest whose tasks were a blood sport of sorts. The Levites were the only tribe in Ancient Israel that had a book in the Bible named for them. Could this have been an act of favoritism by the Author Moses who was a Levite himself? Who knows? Nevertheless, it was God’s Holy will that the tribe of Levi perform the office of the priest.
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
Moving forward to God’s dispensation of Grace. Today, the Word of God is widely accepted literally as Paul describes in Romans as a sword that “… penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Rom 10:5). Formerly, the Levitical priest cut the meat from the fat to burn in reverence of the Lord, making a sweet smelling aroma in purity and holiness. Today, we are to skillfully use the Word of God to divide the clean from the unclean then present ourselves in purity and holiness acceptable unto God (Romans 12:1).
Christ our Sacrifice
God truly honored His faithfulness towards humanity with this sign “A virgin will conceive” (Matt. 1:21) bringing forth Emmanuel (God with us). Still something had to die, because of sin, blood had to be spilled. This priesthood was greater that the Levitical one, that deferred the slaying of thousands of animals. Unlike the Old Covenant when the Levites slew lambs, bulls, etc. Within the parameters of this new covenant, the new priesthood was contracted by God and accepted by God as the Priest from this order where the Priesthood's beginning or end can not be ascertained by human means (Psalm 110:4). This new covenant was animal friendly. No longer did these ancient butchers (the Levitical Priest) need to slay animals in abundance to redeem their fellow countrymen. With the new covenant, Christ (Emmanuel) died once making the blood of these animals no longer acceptable to redeem Israelites from sin. Death was swallowed up in victory and the guilt of sin was washed away by the blood of Jesus.
Israel's Request for a King
Even though there were many good kings, God’s will was to bruise the head of the serpent (Gen 3:16) through Christ, nearly 1000 years after their request. In Israel, wanting a king as the other nations around them (I Samuel 8:5-7), they rejected God and inserted the appealing trend of kingdom. This desire grieved Samuel as he brought the case of the people before God and God approved of their short-sighted vision. After the monarchy was established, the immoral behavior of many of Israel’s kings (God’s anointed)became a problem and caused ungodly values to emerge, flourish and became common place in Israel. Their hope rested in the promise, of a King whose reign would never end and the restoration of Israel back under God’s sovereign authority (Isaiah 9:7).
“Excuses are tools of the weak and incompetent which build foundations of nothingness, and those that use excuses are incapable of using anything but excuses” (anon).
Not discerning God’s timing and pleasing one’s own will places God’s will on layaway, until it is brought back by the way of pain and suffering. GOD KNOWS that this is not the only cause of pain and suffering, but many are destroyed because of a lack of accountability with freedom. People use excuses to succumb to weakness and not to pursue their inner most desires, given by God; as in the case of Israel wanting a king. Apostasy began to stir in the camp until this appealing thought of sedition became a unified force. The official excuse was that Samuel’s sons were not the caliber of priest required to lead the people. The elders gathered together to ask Samuel for a king. This excuse route is a popular avenue, the broad-way taken to avoid personal responsibility when it comes to worship. People today are without excuse counting the many spiritual aids available in ministry with the various Bible versions that accommodate differences in taste, along with commentaries, tele-evangelism, radio and most significantly the Holy Spirit. In retrospect, a direct cause of the request of the children of Israel to have a king was the same thing that caused Adam and Eve to fall (I John 2:6).
Prophets in an Era of Change
Prophets are people that God chose to implement an impetus of change in society. Consequently, the desire to change becomes a force that needs to have correct corresponding actions. This change must become truly revolutionary in order to restore man to a right relationship with God. The classic definition of a prophet is a mouthpiece of God. These have the corresponding classic task of placing God consciousness into the mind of a ruling principality and consequently the nations without wavering even when confronted with great peril. The role of the prophet was preeminent and extended above the influence of kings or emperors. A prophets’ career started upon accepting the call to discipleship, much like that of Samuel, Isaiah and Amos. Wherein a verbal voluntary response to the call of God begins the process in which one becomes a prophet. Nevertheless, prophets are made by God before they enter this world as read in Jeremiah’s account, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and ordained thee a prophet onto the nations” (Jer 1:5). The age in which the prophet lives is directly related to the uniqueness of the prophet’s character and experiences to effect the lives of many with God ordained purposes. God never changed the job description of the prophet, even during this age of grace, a prophet still must “root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (1:10b). A change in the current conditions in society is still required as it was in sundry times. Building and planting will produce an abundance that will always exceed the expectation of a prophet but fill the void that only God can.
FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS History of Christian Martyrs
FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS History of Christian Martyrs
Dirty Water Heals Commander
This would have been the headline at the time concerning Naaman a great commander of the Syrian Army who was a leper. The King of Syria, an Emperor of that day sent word to Israel that his commander needed healing. The prophet commanded Naaman to emerge seven times in the Jordan River. Naaman’s forethoughts revealed in scripture states that he thought that Elisha would tell him to do something fantastic in order to receive healing. Naaman expected the audience of the prophet while showing his train of great warriors and a great spectacle that day. Naaman’s thoughts were averted and he became offended when the prophet not only told him to do something weird but the word was sent by the prophet’s servant. Certainly “for as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Is 55:9). Naaman was restored after he put aside his pride weighing his affliction against it. He emerged after submerging in the river several times. After the seventh time he became a new man. Acting on his obedience against his will he went down in the miry waters of Jordan and was restored.
Jezebel & the Birds
During the Age of Adam’s Innocence, man’s primary role was to please God. Since our beginning, there was no other desire that competed with man’s love affair with God, until temptation entered the picture. Darkness became apparent and carnality was unleashed into the biosphere. Man’s flesh roared with an unquenchable thirst after submitting to temptation. A right to survive by any means necessary pushed man’s spirituality into the background. God yet remained Sovereign. Even with flesh at the helm, man still has the inherent need to worship a god (I Kings 16:31). By working trying to please another power, one diminishes and skews a clear parallax of God. Only to be recognized when all else fails, during famine or when death is eminent, one’s spirituality quietly fades into a faint whisper. Still after a fall, people no matter what their condition must heed the voice of Wisdom and walk therein lest they remain downtrodden and become fodder for birds (Pro. 24:16).
WEST OF BABYLON
Man left God and attempted to determine his own responsibility over the earth. Consequently, confusion rendered a misalignment of the ordination in which God relates to man. Throughout history not a few strange fires flew up towards the heavens. An infamous fire of this type (Gen. 4:3) flew up towards heaven in the making of the Tower Babel. So powerful was the will of unified man, that God after the counsel of His own will said, “let us go down and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech” (Gen 11:7). Since then the Babylonian archetype is used to indicate acts of sedition against God.
They left this uninspired empire. Unfelt breezes assisted in the making of sand dunes around vineyards which created undulating mounds far unto the dry plains of Babel. Also there were derelict buildings left crumbling when workers abandoned their tasks for distant foreign lands. Lo, remembering home from above, in the sky there appeared a bird with a majestic wingspan. No life was seen as the large predator reached high speeds swooping down towards something resembling a prey. The large bird halted its dive in an instant sensing the quiet calm. His keen eye noticed that there was no prey, only a scarlet ribbon tied to a dry branch on a barren tree. Seeing no life in this place for it to eat the eagle again moved ascending and gliding away towards the flank of the western sky. So he traveled west and remembered Babylon no more.
Now in lands to the North, West, East and South of Babel, Satan shouts in unison at man’s flesh to revenge his lost paradise. Babel a place where Satan’s Seat is located has moved and the destroyer has yet to discover a permanent place to nest perpetually. Many world empires have come and gone and tyrants have corrupted many principalities. Hell has enlarged its borders as genocide has been the primary agenda in every century throughout man’s history. A sickening society supplemented by death, deception and destruction are traits that hover as shadows over the affairs of man. This doomed distinction characterized as dark, is fed by man’s unbridled lust to please his or her appetite. The false prophet, the beast and the anti-Christ exist not as the polar opposite of the Holy Trinity but as a facade replicating the infinite Godhead. These three predators of Hell are as yard birds which must be ascended by God’s grace, unless one’s flesh fills their belly.
First Satan seeks to have a coronation in your mind. This would allow his kingdom to thrive upon earth in your neck of the woods. He wishes to leave his mark upon your soul. You’ll never escape this mark when striving against the Wind (aka The Spirit of God) in pursuit of pseudo-euphoria. Like playing roulette with your soul, omitting God begets self-pride and striving without God leads to confusion. Babylon is a type, a place where Satan desires to reign. The unholy trinity emerges from Satan’s Seat strong, but is finally seized and cast into the lake of fire by the Word of God and every remnant shall be devoured by birds (Rev. 19:20-21, 20:10). Like most wars that are fought over territory, Satan seeks to revenge Babel, like a drug addict still chasing His first high. However, Satan’s strength never endures. His futile attempt by the hand of dissenters trying to consolidate his establishment fails again and again.
IS FOR THE BIRDS
“He who belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, the dogs will eat, and he who dies in the field, the birds of the sky will eat”(1 Kings 21:24 Christian Standard Version).
Relief comes by humility and restoration is given to those who submit their will to God. After which, the meek are transported above the dark cloud where evil rulers nest as birds in high places. Demonic powers as birds have a prevalent presence in the atmosphere above the heads of people. "You, then, listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and doesn't understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13 18-19a-b CSB). Jesus spoke this parable using birds to represent one of Satan devices to keep people from obtaining a firm grasp of the Word of God. Recognized as Satan, demonic mastery in the heavens seek to block the prayers of the saints (Dan. 7:17, Jer. 5:27) referenced by St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians Satan is given the transient title “The Prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Eph 2:2).
AND MANURE FOR THE DOGS
God commanded birds to feed Elijah. He felt the wrath of the power upon the throne in Israel from Queen Jezebel, Ahab’s evil muse and the king himself after he, by divine mandate pronounced a drought upon the land (1Kings 17:1). Moreover, Jezebel killed the prophets of God beforehand. She worshipped Baal and was notoriously evil! Scripture calls her a witch who is referred to in the book of Revelation as a prototype of carnality. Her eunuchs threw her under the bus so to speak as is so commonly used today when someone in close proximity uses an opportunity to destroy another. They threw her out a building window, she hit the ground a bloody mess and she was eaten by dogs that later processed her flesh as manure in the same plot of land she stole when spearheading a murder conspiracy. Later, when they went to where she landed, “they did not find anything but her skull, her feet, and the palms of her hands” (2 Kings 9:35).
The Church of Thyatira (Rev. 2:24) is a divided church, with one side dedicated to God and the other given to carnality. Those who follow after the doctrine of Jezebel and heed her sayings (carnal side) resists the Spirit of God and causes the outward manifestation of prosperity to determine sanctity. Instead of following sound Biblical training (God's Word), Baal worship is covertly performed by many in the Thyatiran type church (For example, when what you wear becomes a medallion of spiritually and distinguishes justification instead of inward righteousness) and an ardent focus is placed upon “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (I John 2:16). These are applauded when in truth “like a cage full of birds so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have grown powerful and rich” (Jer. 5:27 CSB).
THE FALL OF BABYLON (SATAN'S SEAT)
1) And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. (2) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (Rev 18:1-2).
STREETS, HEDGES & HIGHWAYS
The streets, hedges & highways represent those who are outside of the church and those who have not committed to Christ. The pulpit represents those who are seasoned in the Word and skillful with its application. Laity should bring those in from the streets and beyond, to church to learn of the message of Christ and the ones in the pulpit should “commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2Tim. 2:2) that the stature measured by Christ’s fullness will be fulfilled in the Church.
Christians are placed in major position in the lives of those in darkness. There is no way around it, regardless of your title within the Church, if you are a Christian, you have a responsibility to minister to and help others by sharing the message of Christ. If the “Word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path” (Psalms 119:105) you must share the Word, so others without a lamp unto their feet may have their path illuminated. The ones in the pulpit came from the pews, and the ones on the pews came from the streets.
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Reginald Boswell (author) from Huntsville, Alabama on June 11, 2013:
Thanks for sharing Lifegate keep up the good work!
Firoz from India on June 11, 2013:
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William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on June 10, 2013:
So many varied thoughts. The one that stands out to me is "Preachers are called by God to share this message of Christ . . . ." As a preacher I'm not exempt from sharing the message of Christ, but neither is any other Christian. We are all called to share in the work of sharing God's message in a lost world. thanks for sharing.